December 25, 2003

The Meaning of it All

Posted by shonk at 02:38 AM in Words of Wisdom | TrackBack

No government has the right to decide on the truth of scientific principles, nor to prescribe in any way the character of the questions investigated. Neither may a government determine the aesthetic value of artistic creations, nor limit the forms of literacy or artistic expression. Nor should it pronounce on the validity of economic, historic, religious, or philosophical doctrines. Instead it has a duty to its citizens to maintain the freedom, to let those citizens contribute to the further adventure and the development of the human race.

—Richard P. Feynman, The Meaning of it All, “The Uncertainty of Values”.

Death, when all is said and done, is something only for higher mathematicians.

—Thomas Bernhard, Amras.

In logic it is (precisely) the connections that lead to nothing(ness).

—Thomas Bernhard, Amras.